DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Monday, March 22, 2021 softball list includes 9 Gators

 The news and sports Web site was looking for top high school softball performers for the first week of the season, and found plenty of candidates for recognition from Xavier Prep.

Nine Gators were on the list after Xavier’s 3-0 start, led by junior pitcher Riley Flynn, who won all three games while giving up no runs and striking out 35 batters.

Other Xavier players of note were junior shortstop Bridget Donahey, freshman third baseman Lauren Putz, senior catcher Macy Lee, junior second baseman Meghan Schouten, junior first baseman Emma Petersen, senior left fielder Sydney Johnson, junior right fielder Elliot Smith and senior infielder Jazmin Andrade.

Xavier is due to play once this week, on Tuesday (March 23) with a home contest at Petznick Field against Chandler Basha. First pitch is at 3:45 p.m.

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